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Illustrated manuscript
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper with leather binding

11 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Masnavi of Jalal-al Din Rumi
Illustrated manuscript
dated A.H. 894/A.D. 1488–89

The frontispiece of this six book manuscript depicts a lively scene in which mounted hunters use swords, bows, and arrows to pursue their prey. Other paintings of receptions and feasts provide further insight into the courtly life of the Timurid period. An inscription in the colophon and on two other folios give the date of completion of this manuscript as 894 (A.D. 1488–89), although four of the 355 folios were added at a later date. The text by Jalal al-Din Rumi teaches moral philosophy and mysticism.

Related Information

Iran, 1400–1600 A.D.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Rumi, [Masnavi of Jalal-al Din Rumi] (Persian, 1207-1273)
b. September 30, 1207, Balkh Province, Afghanistan, (then Persian Empire)
d. 1273

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